29 Apr '16, 5pm

This U.S. Navy carrier was set to visit Hong Kong. Then Beijing pulled the welcome mat.

It's likely that the most the sailors on the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis will see of Chinese territory are the Chinese warships shadowing their patrol of the contested South China Sea. The Chinese government has canceled a planned Hong Kong port visit for the 4,000 sailors of the Stennis, telling the U.S. consulate that the timing was "inconvenient" for China, according to a Navy official familiar with the communications. Stennis has been in the South China Sea since March 31 conducting operations and was the backdrop for a high-level visit by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had just announced joint U.S. and Philippine patrols of China's man-made islands. Amid these tensions, ships with the People's Liberation Army Navy have shadowed the carrier's movements for nearly a month. The U.S. has called the interactions between the navies "professional." NAVY TIMES Carrier...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2016/04/29/stenni...

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